"It is a sign. StarClan gives our prey to us, and StarClan can take it away. We should give thanks to our warrior ancestors that we are able to eat at all. They provide every mouthful as well as our ability to hunt and feed ourselves. From the next Gathering, there will be an addition to the warrior code. Prey must be killed only to be eaten, and we must give thanks to StarClan for its life. This is the way of the warrior."
Lilystar about the importance of prey in Code of the Clans, page 47

Prey, or fresh-kill[1], is a Clan term for the animals, both large and small, that are caught for the purpose of consumption.[2]

Details

The importance of eating is something that all of the Clans are concerned about every single day.[3] They eat to keep up strength and maintain the health of the Clan as a whole.[4] Each of the Clans have a hunting specialty, due to the terrain they are familiar with and the traditions the cats are raised by.[5]
Many different species of prey are hunted by the warrior cats.[6] Usually, after killing prey, a cat will give thanks to StarClan for its life,[7] and will bury it to keep it safe from other predators until they are ready to carry it back to camp.[8] The remains (i.e. the bones, feathers, fur) are usually buried.[9]
Cats will not kill prey only for fun, without the intention of using it to feed oneself, or the Clan, as this is part of the warrior code.[10] It is also in the warrior code that the hunters may not eat until they have caught prey for the rest of the Clan.[11] Traditionally, the weaker cats will be fed before the apprentices and warriors.[12] The leader or deputy of a Clan must send more patrols before the cold weather strikes.[13] In leaf-bare, prey is much harder to find than in any other season.[14]

Crowfood

"Crowfood" is the Clan term for prey that has left to become rotten and unfit to eat.[15] Prey typically is considered crowfood after about one or two days since it was killed.[16] Clan cats will occasionally eat crowfood if they are desperate and starving,[17] but they avoid it as much as possible as it usually causes bellyaches or more severe illnesses.[18] The word "crowfood" is also used as an insult, as in "Shut up, you mangy piece of crowfood."[19]
In the old forest, a source of crowfood was Carrionplace, where rotten prey could always be found, but it was known to carry sickness.[16] However, when ShadowClan was led by Brokenstar, his warriors sometimes resorted to eating it, as at the time, the warriors were used for fighting, not hunting. Crowfood is also known as carrion.[20]

List of prey animals

Amphibians

Frogs

Prey

Frog
Description: Leathery gray-green or gray-brown amphibians with powerful hind legs, a small brown patch by each eye and leathery skin. About 6 cm (two to three inches) in length.[21] Only eaten by ShadowClan.[22]
Highest level of classification: Order: Anura
Book mentions: Crookedstar's Promise, Yellowfang's Secret, Forest of Secrets, Midnight, Starlight, The Sight, Night Whispers, Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Code of the Clans, Warrior's Refuge, Into the Woods, Tigerclaw's Fury, Moth Flight's Vision, Darkness Within


  • Starlight - Littlecloud comments on his hunger and wouldn't mind eating a frog or a toad. That causes the other medicine cats to stare at him in surprise, but Littlecloud defends himself, saying, "They don't taste that bad!"[23]
  • Tigerclaw's Fury - Tangleburr catches a brace of frogs for ShadowClan.[24]
  • Secrets of the Clans - During the tour of the old ShadowClan camp, Boulder says to the reader "Oh, I see you've spotted a frog. I know they look pretty unappetizing - trust me, I was as reluctant as you to try them when I first came to the forest. But you should try them. Peel off the skin first - that's very chewy. Underneath, it tastes like if you mixed rabbits and fish together."[25]
  • Into the Woods - Sasha watches a ShadowClan patrol consisting of Tigerstar, Rowanpaw, and Jaggedtooth chasing a frog. Rowanpaw comments that they're nasty, but Tigerstar says that distasteful or not, prey is prey.[26]
  • Yellowfang's Secret - Yellowkit unsuccessfully tries to get Silverflame to eat her favorite kind of prey, frog.[27]

Toads

Prey

Toad
Description: Greenish-brown amphibians with a heavy, rounded shape, thick legs and warty skin. Three to five inches long.[28]
Highest level of classification: Order: Anura
Book mentions: Starlight, Moth Flight's Vision


  • Starlight - Littlecloud comments on his hunger and wouldn't mind eating a toad or a frog. The other medicine cats exclaim in surprise, but Littlecloud defends himself, saying, "They don't taste that bad!"[29]

Avians

Eagles

Prey

Eagle
Description: Large size, powerful build, heavy back and beak, keen eyesight and broad wings. About 1 meter long.[30] They have sharp, curved talons.[31] Favored prey for The Tribe of Rushing Water.[32]
Highest level of classification: Family: Accipitridae
Book mentions: Moonrise, Dawn, Starlight, Sunset, Outcast, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Fading Echoes, Sign of the Moon, The Forgotten Warrior, The Last Hope, Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Battles of the Clans, The Ultimate Guide, The Sun Trail, Thunder Rising, The First Battle, The Blazing Star, A Forest Divided, Path of Stars, Moth Flight's Vision, Squirrelflight's Hope


Hawks

Prey

Hawk
Description: Smaller than eagles. Have impressive eyesight and curved talons. About one foot tall. [38]
Highest level of classification: Order: Accipitriformes
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, A Dangerous Path, Moonrise, Dawn, Outcast, Sign of the Moon, The Sun Trail, Cats of the Clans, Battles of the Clans, Darkness Within


Falcons

Prey

Falcon
Description: Small fast birds of prey- speed is faster than that of a hawk's. Have tapered wings with a wide wingspan for flying. Length varies from species to species: from 25 cm to 65 cm.[47] Most commonly taken piece of prey by the Tribe of Rushing Water.
Highest level of classification: Genus: Falco
Book mentions: Moonrise, Dawn


  • Moonrise - Brook is chasing a mouse when a falcon gets it before her. A second prey-hunter jumps in, and the two catch the falcon and kill it before it swoops away.[48]
  • Dawn - As the Clans are journeying through the mountains, they try to find the Tribe. Suddenly, they see a falcon feasting on a shrew. Three mud-streaked cats jump out at the falcon and kill it, and the Clans find the Tribe.[49]

Finches

Prey

Finch
Description: A common type of songbird. About 10 cm in length. Have strong stubby beaks and are pretty and colorful.[50] Often caught by ThunderClan.
Highest level of classification: Family: Fringillidae
Book mentions: Crookedstar's Promise, Into the Wild


Thrushes

Prey

Thrush
Description: Songbird. Soft-plumaged, small to medium sized birds, about 20 cm in length.[53]
Highest level of classification: Family: Turdidae
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, Crookedstar's Promise, Bluestar's Prophecy, Firestar's Quest, SkyClan's Destiny, Into the Wild, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, Dawn, Starlight, Sunset, The Sight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse, Long Shadows, The Fourth Apprentice, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, The Sun Trail, Secrets of the Clans, Battles of the Clans, Darkness Within


Sparrows

Prey

Sparrow
Description: Small and plump brown-gray songbirds with short tails and stubby yet powerful beaks. About 14 cm in length.[58]
Highest level of classification: Family: Passeridae
Book mentions: Bluestar's Prophecy, Firestar's Quest, SkyClan's Destiny, Into the Wild, Fire and Ice, Rising Storm, Dawn, The Sight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse, Night Whispers, Darkest Night, Ravenpaw's Farewell , Darkness Within


  • Fire and Ice - Cinderpaw is seen chatting enthusiastically with Brackenpaw who nods from time to time while plucking the feathers from a sparrow.[6]
  • Rising Storm - Fireheart walks over to Brightpaw to see if she brought any food for the elders yet. When asked if she caught much, Brightpaw shyly replies that she caught two sparrows and a squirrel. Impressed, Fireheart praises her.[59]
  • Darkness Within - Shadowsight observes his Clanmates on a hunting patrol as he tries to learn their techniques, and accidentally scares off four sparrows, upsetting Hollowspring.[60]

Crows

Prey

Crow
Description: Long-legged scavenging birds with a completely black body, a thick neck and a heavy, straight bill. 40-50 cm in length.[61] Considered very difficult to catch.[62]
Highest level of classification: Genus: Corvus
Book mentions: Into the Wild, Dark River


Pigeons and doves

Prey

Pigeon/Dove
Description: Stout-bodied birds with short necks, short, slender bills. About 32 cm in length.[65]
Highest level of classification: Family: Columbidae
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, Bluestar's Prophecy, Firestar's Quest, SkyClan's Destiny, Into the Wild, Tigerclaw's Fury, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, Starlight, The Sight, Outcast, Eclipse, The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Night Whispers, The Last Hope, Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Code of the Clans, Into the Woods, Moth Flight's Vision, Darkness Within


  • Into the Wild - Firepaw hunts a pigeon, but then it is time to go. He wistfully looks back at the pigeon while walking back.[51]
  • Tigerclaw's Fury - Cedarheart and the other elders of ShadowClan share a pigeon that Tigerclaw and his rogues bring to camp.[66]
  • Rising Storm - Cloudpaw kills a pigeon before Fireheart is able to, making Fireheart somewhat annoyed; Cloudpaw also mistakes the pigeon for a dove.[67] Cloudpaw catches another pigeon, but forgets to bring it back from where it was buried. When interrogated by Fireheart, Cloudpaw says that some owl probably flew off with it.[68]
  • A Dangerous Path - On a patrol, Whitestorm spots pigeon feathers scattered all over the ground. When he reports to Fireheart, he adds that the place reeked of dogs. Fireheart dismisses it, and says it isn't important.[69]
  • The Last Hope - A pigeon caught by Berrynose is put on the fresh-kill pile. Graystripe eyes it hopefully but is advised by Firestar to go hunting to get some exercise. Hollyleaf then jokes about Graystripe looking like the pigeon.[70]

Starlings

Prey

Starling
Description: Black feathers with iridescent markings, bright yellow beaks. About 25 cm in length.[71]
Highest level of classification: Family: Sturnidae
Book mentions: Crookedstar's Promise, Bluestar's Prophecy, Firestar's Quest, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, Midnight, Moonrise, Dawn, Starlight, Twilight, The Fourth Apprentice, Night Whispers, Secrets of the Clans, Darkness Within


  • Forest of Secrets - Fireheart is seen waking up late and choosing a starling, one of the last pieces, from the fresh-kill pile.[72]
  • Rising Storm - Cloudpaw runs past a small group of starlings, and the birds scurry upward in a flutter of wings.[73]
  • Midnight - Cloudtail feasts on a starling, happy there is good food even though prey is so scarce.[74] Later, Brambleclaw gulps down a starling as Squirrelpaw asks him if he's had any more dreams from StarClan.[75]

Magpies

Prey

Magpie
Description: Black and white birds that are related to crows. Very intelligent.[76] About 20-30 cm in length.[77] Often killed by ThunderClan.
Highest level of classification: Family: Corvidae
Book mentions: Crookedstar's Promise, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour, Moonrise, Sunset, Secrets of the Clans


Pheasants

Prey

Pheasant
Description: Large birds. Highly ornate with bright colors, wattles and long tails. About one meter in length.[82]
Highest level of classification: Subfamily: Phasianinae
Book mentions: Return to the Clans, Dawn, Sunrise, Mapleshade's Vengeance


Wrens

Prey

Wren
Description: Medium to very small songbirds (about 15cm in length). Colors of their plumage can be gray, brown, black and white.[86]
Highest level of classification: Family: Troglodytidae
Book mentions: The Sight, Dark River


  • The Sight - Jaykit smelled out a wren with a belly alive with maggots in the fresh-kill pile and shows it to Leafpool, who praises him for finding it.[87]
  • Dark River - When it suddenly starts raining, Hollypaw and Cinderpaw are caught in surprise. They skid in the rain, picking a wren and a mouse from the fresh-kill pile and Cinderpaw grimaces at the muddy wren.[88]

Moorhens

Prey

Moorhen
Description: Medium sized water birds (about 35cm in length). Mostly brown and black with some white markings. Have rounded wings. Weak fliers but fast runners and swimmers.[89]
Highest level of classification: Genus: Gallinula
Book mentions: Crookedstar's Promise, Bluestar's Prophecy, Firestar's Quest, The Forgotten Warrior


Blackbirds

Prey

Blackbird
Description: Have glossy black plumage, a long tail, blackish-brown legs, an orange eye ring and an orange-yellow beak. About 26 cm in length.[93] Often caught by ThunderClan.
Highest level of classification: Species: T. merula
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, Crookedstar's Promise, Bluestar's Prophecy, Firestar's Quest, SkyClan's Destiny, Forest of Secrets, A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour, Dawn, Twilight, Sunset, Dark River, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Sunrise, The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, Code of the Clans, Battles of the Clans, Darkness Within


  • Forest of Secrets - Brackenpaw tries to catch a blackbird, but it senses him and flutters upward. Fortunately, Brackenpaw leaps up and catches it, but not with good technique. Fireheart cheers him up about it, and they go back to camp.[94] Later, Sandstorm is seen eating a blackbird from the fresh-kill pile.[95]
  • A Dangerous Path - Whitestorm comments that apprentices can go on a dawn patrol and then off hunting. He mentions wishing that he had that energy, and then settles to eat a blackbird.[96]
  • The Darkest Hour - When Mistyfoot and Stonefur tell ThunderClan that Bluestar was their mother, the Clan is shocked, and the silence is only broken by the call of a blackbird.[97]
  • Fading Echoes- When Blossompaw and Ivypaw are hunting together, and Blossompaw catches a blackbird, and Ivypaw thinks that Hawkfrost would have sneered at such a clumsy catch.[97]

Chickens

Prey

Chicken
Description: Normally shades of brown, white, or black plumage. Red markings on the head.Have red wattles the underside of the neck, close to the bill. About 30 cm long.[98] Often caught by rogues or loners.
Highest level of classification: Subspecies: Gallus gallus domesticus
Book mentions: Shattered Peace, The Heart of a Warrior, The Rise of Scourge, SkyClan's Destiny, Bramblestar's Storm, Hawkwing's Journey


  • Shattered Peace - Willie, Minty, Tess, Snapper, and Pounce come into the barn where Ravenpaw and Barley live. After the barn catches fire, Ravenpaw and Barley find Willie, Tess, Snapper and Pounce in the rafters above the chicken house. Willie sneers at them and they attack the chickens, killing some chicks.[99]
  • The Heart of a Warrior - When the ThunderClan group tries to attack the rogues, the chickens notice and give out an alarm, thinking that they're part of the rogues as well.[100]
  • The Rise of Scourge - Tiny was offered chicken by an old she-cat, who comments that she is surprised he doesn't know what it is, since he's a kittypet. He describes it as the most delicious thing he has ever eaten.[101]
  • SkyClan's Destiny - On the patrol where they discover the pile where the rats are living, Cora finds some chicken and offers it to the Clan. She soon eats it.[102]
  • Bramblestar's Storm - When asking to stay with ThunderClan for one more night, Minty mentions that Purdy would tell her a story about a blind chicken.[103]
  • Hawkwing's Journey - During SkyClan's journey, Hawkwing and Pebbleshine are searching for food when they come across a truck carrying cages of chickens. But when they are trying to get the chickens out of the cages to bring them back to the clan the truck starts to drive off with Pebbleshine in the back leaving Hawkwing distraught.[104]

Robins

Prey

Robin
Description: Songbird with a reddish-brown breast, brown underparts. Sometimes jet-black to gray. Mostly yellow-brown bill. About 35 cm long.[105]
Highest level of classification: Genus: Turdus
Book mentions: Into the Wild, Starlight, Dark River, Night Whispers, The Sun Trail


  • Into the Wild - When Smudge talks about Henry, he mentions that Henry caught a robin in the woods. Also, Smudge says that baby robins were out stretching their wings, after which Rusty asks if he caught any.[106]
  • Starlight - A hunting patrol starts to leave when Birchkit says he wants to come too, as he's good at hunting. To prove it, he jumps at a robin at the edge of the hollow. Brambleclaw and Dustpelt lunge for him, and Brambleclaw catches him first.[107]
  • Dark River - When it suddenly starts raining, Stormfur and Brook are seen crouched below the Highledge sharing a soggy robin.[108]
  • The Sun Trail - When Petal and Fox are hunting, a robin starts singing in a tree, and Petal thinks about how she hates bullies and robins. She then unsuccessfully attempts to catch it. [109]

Wagtails

Prey

Wagtail
Description: Small, often colorful birds with long tails, which wag frequently. About 16-19 cm in length.[110]
Highest level of classification: Genus: Motacilla
Book mentions: Dark River


  • Dark River - Lionpaw is hunting with Ashfur. Ashfur scolds Lionpaw when he had missed the wagtail that had escaped his paw. It flies onto a branch above the training hollow before calling in alarm and flying away.[111]

Lapwings

Prey

Lapwings
Description: About 25 cm - 41cm long. They are very protective of their young. Their enemies are mainly weasels who hunt their young. Mainly found on the moors. They make their nests in clumps of heather.
Highest level of classification: Genus: Vanellus
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, Moth Flight's Vision


  • Tallstar's Revenge - Plumclaw is eating with Tallkit, and mentions lapwings to be her favorite, however, they are only hunted for in the breeding season.[112] Later, Tallpaw watches as lapwings swoop down in the heather protecting their young.[113]

Eggs

Prey

Eggs
Description: Unborn birds, found in nests protected by adult birds.[114]
Highest level of classification: Genus: Various
Book mentions: Sign of the Moon, Code of the Clans, Ravenpaw's Farewell


  • Sign of the Moon - Stoneteller ends all border patrols, angrily pointing out that with the coming thaw the Tribe will be able to eat eggs and young birds stolen from nests despite the intruders stealing their other prey. This suggests that eggs and chicks are only stolen in times of greatest need.[115]
  • Code of The Clans - The ancient WindClan apprentice Quickpaw is mentioned to have a knack for tracking and carefully recovering plover eggs.[116]
  • Ravenpaw's Farewell - Ravenpaw, Bella, and Riley eat some eggs on their journey to SkyClan.[117]

Fish

Prey

Fish
Description: Many different species such as trout, minnow, salmon, pike, or carp.[118] Main prey of RiverClan, this diet makes their fur repel water.[119]
Highest level of classification: Phylum: Chordata
Book mentions: Yellowfang's Secret, Crookedstar's Promise, Bluestar's Prophecy, Firestar's Quest, SkyClan's Destiny, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour, Midnight, Moonrise, Dawn, Starlight, Twilight, Dark River, The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Sign of the Moon, The Sun Trail, Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Code of the Clans, Battles of the Clans, Warrior's Refuge, Warrior's Return, Escape from the Forest, Return to the Clans, Moth Flight's Vision, Darkness Within


  • Forest of Secrets - The fish in the river become poisoned from Twoleg rubbish and trash, and RiverClan begins to starve.[120]
  • A Dangerous Path - Graystripe catches a slippery silver fish from the river and gives it to Fireheart and Sandstorm, saying they will need prey after the fire.[121] When they come back from the patrol, Fireheart brings the fish to Cinderpelt.[81]
  • Midnight - Feathertail catches shiny golden fish from a Twoleg garden pond during the journey to Midnight. These fish are quite unlike any other fish the Clan cats have seen before.[122]

Trout

Prey

Trout
Description: A large fish[123]
Highest level of classification: Phylum: Chordata
Book mentions: Mistystar's Omen, Moth Flight's Vision, Crookedstar's Promise


Carp

Prey

Carp
Description: A large fish[123]
Highest level of classification: Phylum: Chordata
Book mentions: Mistystar's Omen, Ravenpaw's Farewell, Crookedstar's Promise


Minnows

Prey

Minnow
Description: A tiny fish[124]
Highest level of classification: Phylum: Chordata
Book mentions: Mistystar's Omen, Crookedstar's Promise,Hollyleaf's Story


Chub

Prey

Chub
Description: Chub is a common fish name. It pertains to any one of a number of ray-finned fish in several families and genera[source?]
Highest level of classification: Phylum: Chordata
Book mentions: Moth Flight's Vision


Mammals

Bat

Prey

Bat
Description: Small furry animals with large ears and whose forelimbs form webbed wings. Only mammal capable of true flight. Range of different lengths- smallest bat is 29mm long.[125]
Highest level of classification: Order: Chiropterage
Book mentions: Sunrise, The First Battle, The Silent Thaw


  • Sunrise - Lionblaze notices a bat flying near a Twolegplace and tries to catch it. Birchfall says that he wished he'd caught it, and suggests then they could have all had a bite to eat. Lionblaze says it would been a very small bite since there were six of them.[126]
  • The First Battle - Jackdaw's Cry catches a bat after starving for several days, and promptly eats it.[127]
  • The Silent Thaw - Violetshine and Palesky listen to Pigeonfoot's story about catching a bat the previous day.[128]

Mustelidae

Weasel

Prey

Weasel
Description: Description
Highest level of classification: Family: Mustelidae
Book mentions: Squirrelflight's Hope


Soricomorphs

Shrews (terrestrial)

Prey

Shrew (terrestrial)
Description: Small, rodent-like creatures. Have gray to brown fur, long noses, small eyes and rounded bodies, About 9 cm long.[130]
Highest level of classification: Family: Sorcidae
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, Bluestar's Prophecy, SkyClan's Destiny, Into the Wild, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, The Darkest Hour, Midnight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Sunrise, The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, Secrets of the Clans, Ravenpaw's Farewell, Moth Flight's Vision, Darkness Within


  • Into the Wild - Graypaw says that Sandpaw and Dustpaw must have eaten a shrew while on duty.[131]
  • Rising Storm - Cloudpaw is gone for a long time, making Fireheart anxious. When he comes back, he has a tiny shrew in his mouth, and Fireheart asks him how many cats that's going to feed.[132]
  • The Darkest Hour - When Firestar, Graystripe, and Ravenpaw sneak onto RiverClan land, they spot the bonehill, and Firestar notes that he can see shrew bones.[133]
  • Moth Flight's Vision - Moth Flight sees a shrew near a gorse, she leaps to catch it, but she hits the gorse and the prickles of the gorse bush scratch her skin. After that, Dust Muzzle catches the shrew.

Water shrews

Prey

Water shrew
Description: Large shrews with small ears, a waterproof coat and a tail with a line of stiff fur that acts as a rudder. About 15 cm long.[134]
Highest level of classification: Genus: Neomys
Book mentions: Dark River


  • Dark River - Mistyfoot is seen stalking a water shrew. She catches it and her whiskers twitch with triumph as she walks back to her Clan. Hollypaw sees this and realizes how hungry RiverClan is getting.[135]

Lagomorphs

Rabbits

Prey

Rabbit
Description: Compact animals with long legs, oval-shaped heads, long ears and light brown fur with a lighter underbelly. About 35 cm long. [136] WindClan's main prey.
Highest level of classification: Family: Leporidae
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, Crookedstar's Promise, Bluestar's Prophecy, Firestar's Quest, Bramblestar's Storm, SkyClan's Destiny, Into the Wild, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour, Midnight, Moonrise, Dawn, Starlight, Twilight, Sunset, The Sight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Sunrise, The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Code of the Clans, Battles of the Clans, Into the Woods, Return to the Clans, Shattered Peace, Moth Flight's Vision, Tigerheart's Shadow, Darkness Within


  • Into the Wild - Smudge mentions that wild cats that live in the woods eat live rabbits for breakfast,[106] Firepaw catches a rabbit for Yellowfang,[17] and Sandpaw and Dustpaw catch a plump rabbit for the elders.[137]
  • The Darkest Hour - Longtail claims that he saw Tigerstar kill a few rabbits to feed to a pack of hungry dogs. Later, Tigerstar leaves a trail of dead rabbits to the ThunderClan camp.[138]
  • A Dangerous Path - While Fireheart is talking to Graystripe on the border, Sandstorm pads over to them and drops a young rabbit at Fireheart's feet.[139] Later, ThunderClan patrol finds remains of a scattered rabbit not far from camp, and Bluestar uses this as evidence to show WindClan have been stealing prey from ThunderClan.[140]
  • Moonrise - Crowpaw catches a rabbit and feeds it to Stormfur, Brambleclaw, Feathertail, and Squirrelpaw,[141] Squirrelpaw brings a rabbit to a fresh-kill pile, Leafpaw and Sorreltail can't smell the usual scent of rabbit,[142] and Squirrelpaw tells everyone that she can smell the scent of rabbits.[143]
  • Darkness Within - Hollowspring and Blazefire catch a rabbit together and demonstrate cooperative hunting techniques to Shadowsight.[144]

Hares

Prey

Hare
Description: Long legs and ears similar to a rabbit. Fur is commonly an orange shade of brown. Very fast; can reach speeds of 45mph.[145] About 45 cm[146]
Highest level of classification: Genus: Lepus
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, Moonrise, Eclipse, Sign of the Moon, The Sun Trail


  • Moonrise - In order to kill the mountain-cat, Sharptooth, the six Clan cats try to kill him with a mountain hare filled with deathberries.[147]
  • Eclipse - After the Clans have helped with the rogues, Hollypaw sees an eagle flying after a hare that is pelting in terror.[148]
  • Sign of the Moon - Jagged Lightning is seen dragging back an enormous snow-white hare.[149]
  • The Sun Trail - After being taught how to catch one, Jagged Peak successfully catches a snow hare, which is bigger than himself. [150]

Reptiles

Snakes

Prey

Snake
Description: Long, thin reptiles with mottled skin in shades of dark and light brown that range from yellow to red. On average they are about 1.5 meters, although sizes may vary between species and such. ShadowClan sometimes catch these.[151]
Highest level of classification: Suborder: Serpentes
Book mentions: SkyClan's Destiny, Sunrise, Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Into the Wild, Code of the Clans


  • Into the Wild - Ravenpaw catches an adder, a type of snake (See more under Adders).
  • SkyClan's Destiny - Harveymoon and Macgyver, two daylight-warriors, are seen killing a snake.[152]
  • Sunrise - Honeyfern is killed by a venomous snake while sacrificing her life to prevent Briarkit from getting bitten.[153] In order to stop anymore snake-provoked deaths in the hollow, Firestar devises a plan for the snake to eat a mouse stuffed with deathberries and thorns, however the plan fails,[154] leaving the cats to constantly put stones across the area in which the snake had been living in.[155]
  • Cats of the Clans - Adderkit is killed by a bite from a venomous adder, hence his name. Tallstar avenged the young kit's death by killing the snake shortly afterwards.[156]

Adders

Prey

Adder
Description: Venomous snakes with long scaly bodies. Greenish-brown color in females and steely gray in males. Body marked with indented zig-zag stripes. About 1 meter or longer in length.[157] Also known as the common European viper.
Highest level of classification: Family: Viperidae, Species: Vipera berus
Book mentions: Bluestar's Prophecy, Into the Wild, A Dangerous Path, Midnight, Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Code of the Clans, Sunrise, Mapleshade's Vengeance


  • Bluestar's Prophecy - Goosefeather tells Bluekit and Snowkit that Smallear is recovering from an adder bite.[158]
  • Into the Wild - An adder is caught by Ravenpaw on a hunting assessment when he is assigned to Snakerocks, impressing both Graypaw and Firepaw.[159]
  • A Dangerous Path - Fireheart takes a patrol to Snakerocks, and Thornpaw is eager to start hunting. Fireheart reminds him that there are adders around there, and Thornpaw becomes more wary.[160]
  • Cats of the Clans - Adderkit is killed by a snake bite, hence the name. Tallstar avenged the young kit's death by killing the snake shortly afterwards.[156]
  • Mapleshade’s Vengeance - At a Gathering, a ShadowClan cat recalls Marshpaw stepping on an adder during a patrol, saying it was a bad way to die.[161] Later, Mapleshade confronts Frecklewish by Snakerocks, and Frecklewish lunges at her. When Mapleshade dodges, the former lands in a pile of stones, where she suffers an adder bite.[162]

Lizards

Prey

Lizard
Description: Small brown reptiles with mottled, leathery skin and low slung bodies. They also have long, whip-like tails and stuck-out legs. Many shapes and sizes, though the ones caught by Clan cats are shorter, around 15 cm[163]
Highest level of classification: Suborder: Lacertilia
Book mentions: Firestar's Quest, Yellowfang's Secret, Secrets of the Clans, Code of the Clans, Moth Flight's Vision


Rodents

Squirrels

Prey

Squirrel
Description: Rodents with fluffy tails and small paws. Majority are gray, though black, albino and red ones exist. About 8.5 cm in length. [168]
Highest level of classification: Family: Sciuridae
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, Crookedstar's Promise, Bluestar's Prophecy, Firestar's Quest, SkyClan's Destiny, Into the Wild, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, Midnight, Moonrise, Dawn, Starlight, Twilight, Sunset, The Sight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Sunrise, The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, The Sun Trail, Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Code of the Clans, Battles of the Clans, Into the Woods, Moth Flight's Vision, A Shadow in RiverClan, Darkness Within


  • Rising Storm - Thornpaw doesn't show much respect for a squirrel, and says it was so dopey, a kit could have caught it.[67] Later, Cloudpaw catches a squirrel nearly as big as he is.[169]
  • Bluestar's Prophecy - A plump squirrel falls on top of Bluekit.[170] Later, Bluepaw makes her first catch on her first day as an apprentice: a squirrel. The warriors and elders are noted to be especially impressed, and Bluepaw waits for a cat to pick it off the fresh-kill pile.[171]
  • Yellowfang's Secret - Two StarClan cats are seen chasing a squirrel up an oak tree.[172]

Voles

Prey

Vole
Description: Have very small, gray, stout bodies, a short hairy tail, a slightly round head and small ears and eyes. About 15 cm in length. [173]
Highest level of classification: Subfamily: Arvicolinae
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, Crookedstar's Promise, Bluestar's Prophecy, Firestar's Quest, SkyClan's Destiny, Into the Wild, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour, Midnight, Moonrise, Dawn, Starlight, Twilight, Sunset, Eclipse, Sunrise, The Sight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Sunrise, The Fourth Apprentice, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, The Forgotten Warrior, The Last Hope, The Sun Trail, Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Code of the Clans, Warrior's Refuge, Bramblestar's Storm, Moth Flight's Vision


  • Rising Storm - Fireheart asks Sandstorm whether he made the right decision into bringing Cloudpaw in the camp. Sandstorm answers that she remembers the day Cloudpaw caught his first prey. He was just a tiny kit, but he went out in a blizzard to catch a vole. Afterward, he seemed proud, and looked like a Clan cat, born and bred.[174]
  • A Dangerous Path - Cloudpaw takes a vole from the fresh-kill pile and angrily complains to Fireheart about its small size.[80] Later, while on patrol, Longtail instructs Swiftpaw to practice listening for mice and voles.[175] When the cats come back from patrol, Fireheart eats a vole that Sandstorm saved for him.[176]
  • The Last Hope - Briarlight is excited when she jabs a vole from the fresh-kill pile.[177]
  • Warrior's Refuge - Millie catches her first vole.[178]
  • The Sun Trail - Bumble and Turtle Tail are shown sharing a vole together in the ferns.[179]
  • Crookedstar's Promise - When Crookedkit is with Fleck, Mitzi, and her kits, Fleck gives him a live vole, and urges him to kill it. Crookedkit mentions it is a strange tasting mouse, but Fleck corrects him, telling him it is a vole. Fleck tells him that they should bring it back to Mitzi. [180]
  • Bramblestar's Storm - Purdy attempts to joke around by saying he has eaten too many voles. [181]

Water voles

Prey

Water vole
Description: Small rodent with a short nose and tail and dense brown fur. About 25 cm in length.[182] Usually prey of RiverClan, but also is found on ThunderClan territory, often near water sources.
Highest level of classification: Genus: Microtus
Book mentions: Firestar's Quest, Into the Wild, Fire and Ice, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, Dark River, Night Whispers, Secrets of the Clans, Cloudstar's Journey, Moth Flight's Vision


Mice

Prey

Mouse
Description: Small brown rodents with long, naked tails, whiskers, large ears and prominent dark eyes. About 10 cm in length.[186]Found on every Clan territory.
Highest level of classification: Genus: Apodemus
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, Crookedstar's Promise, Bluestar's Prophecy, Firestar's Quest, SkyClan's Destiny, Into the Wild, Fire and Ice, Forest of Secrets, Rising Storm, A Dangerous Path, The Darkest Hour, Midnight, Moonrise, Dawn, Starlight, Twilight, Sunset, The Sight, Dark River, Outcast, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Sunrise, The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, The Forgotten Warrior, The Sun Trail, Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Code of the Clans, Battles of the Clans, The Lost Warrior, Warrior's Refuge, Warrior's Return, Into the Woods, Escape from the Forest, Return to the Clans, Shattered Peace, A Clan in Need, The Heart of a Warrior, After the Flood, Moth Flight's Vision, Mistystar's Omen, Darkness Within


  • Into the Wild - Rusty is about to catch a mouse when his bell jingles and the mouse gets away.[187] Later Firepaw catches his first prey: a mouse.[188]
  • A Dangerous Path - Brightpaw is seen eating a mouse while Cloudpaw asks her to go on a hunting patrol with him.[80] Later, Longtail instructs Swiftpaw to practice listening for mice and voles, while Fireheart spots a mouse nibbling on a seed in some brittle grass stems and kills it.[175]
  • The Darkest Hour - Sorrelkit tries to catch a mouse and attempts to go hunting, but ends up following Darkstripe, meeting with Blackfoot. However, Darkstripe spots her, and feeds her deathberries in an attempt to keep her silent.[189]
  • Mistystar’s Omen - Mistystar leads a patrol through some bracken, where they find a nest of hairless mice. They hunt and kill the mice, but she knows that they are too tiny to fill the fresh-kill pile.[123]

Wood mice

Prey

Wood mouse
Description: Look like normal mice but have longer, larger ears and a long, narrow snout.
Highest level of classification: Genus: Mus
Book mentions: Into The Wild, Fire and Ice, The Sight


Rats

Prey

Rat*[192]
Description: Small rodents with long bald tails and fur that ranges from gray-brown through black. About 25 cm in length.[193]
Highest level of classification: Genus: Rattus
Book mentions: Tallstar's Revenge, Crookedstar's Promise, Firestar's Quest, SkyClan's Destiny, Into the Wild, Fire and Ice, Rising Storm, Moonrise, Dawn, Outcast, Fading Echoes, The Sun Trail, Secrets of the Clans, Cats of the Clans, Warrior's Return, Darkness Within


Insects

Beetles

Prey

Beetle
Description: Shiny, wide-bodied, black insects with black legs.
Highest level of classification: Genus: Coleoptera
Book mentions: SkyClan's Destiny, Darkness Within


Worms

Earthworms

Prey

Earthworm
Description: Slender, long, soft bodied invertebrates that burrow into the ground.
Highest level of classification: Genus: Oligochaeta
Book mentions: Goosefeather's Curse


Quotes

"Thank you, StarClan, for this fresh-kill that has given its life to us."
―Graystripe thanking StarClan for his catch Warrior's Return, page 16


"I think I'll have to settle for hunting stupid mice. They won't stand a chance. I shall just wander up to them and sit on them till they surrender."
―Graypaw joking about how he isn't good at hunting Into the Wild, page 68


External links

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 13
  2. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 21
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 60
  4. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 87
  5. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 64
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 120
  7. Revealed in Warrior's Return, page 18
  8. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 143
  9. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 258
  10. Revealed in Code of the Clans, pages 46-47
  11. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 90
  12. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 140
  13. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 275
  14. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 217
  15. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 56
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 159
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 86
  18. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 224
  19. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 75
  20. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 258
  21. Received from wikipedia.org
  22. Revealed in Starlight, page 44
  23. Revealed in Starlight, pages 40-44
  24. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 4
  25. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 58
  26. Revealed in Into the Woods, page 24
  27. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 34
  28. Received from wikipedia.com
  29. Revealed in Starlight, pages 40-41
  30. Information retrieved from wikipedia.com
  31. Information retrieved from [1]
  32. Revealed in Outcast, page 221
  33. Revealed in Moonrise, page 67
  34. Revealed in Dawn, page 291
  35. Revealed in Outcast, page 196
  36. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 284
  37. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 109
  38. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  39. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 95
  40. Revealed in Moonrise, page 141
  41. Revealed in Midnight, page 147
  42. Revealed in Moonrise, page 140
  43. Revealed in Dawn, page 173
  44. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 8
  45. Revealed in Dawn, page 9
  46. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 167
  47. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  48. Revealed in Moonrise, page 139
  49. Revealed in Dawn, pages 290-291
  50. Information retrieved from wikipedia.com
  51. 51.0 51.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 95
  52. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 382
  53. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  54. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 131
  55. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 200
  56. Revealed in Dark River, page 39
  57. Revealed in Outcast, page 66
  58. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  59. Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 15-16
  60. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 139
  61. Information retrieved from wikipedia.com and allaboutbirds.org
  62. Revealed in Into the Wild, pages 115-116
  63. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 115
  64. Revealed in Dark River, page 33
  65. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  66. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 5
  67. 67.0 67.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, page 8
  68. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 54
  69. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 27
  70. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 41
  71. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  72. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 91
  73. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 109
  74. Revealed in Midnight, page 10
  75. Revealed in Midnight, pages 116-117
  76. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  77. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  78. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 10
  79. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 300
  80. 80.0 80.1 80.2 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 28
  81. 81.0 81.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 37
  82. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  83. Revealed in Dawn, page 151
  84. Revealed in Sunrise, page 176
  85. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 3
  86. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  87. Revealed in The Sight, page 11
  88. Revealed in Dark River, page 29
  89. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  90. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 455
  91. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 408
  92. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 178
  93. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  94. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 93
  95. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 178
  96. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 29
  97. 97.0 97.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 21
  98. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  99. Revealed in Shattered Peace, page 66
  100. Revealed in The Heart of a Warrior, page 31
  101. Revealed in an unknown book, page 37
  102. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 120
  103. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 455
  104. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, pages 295-297
  105. Revealed from wikipedia.org
  106. 106.0 106.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 11
  107. Revealed in Starlight, page 214
  108. Revealed in Dark River, page 28
  109. Revealed in The Sun Trail: Bonus Scene, page 10
  110. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  111. Revealed in Dark River, page 162
  112. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 47
  113. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 58
  114. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  115. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 3
  116. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 71
  117. Revealed in Ravenpaw's Farewell, chapter 5
  118. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  119. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 167
  120. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 134
  121. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 35
  122. Revealed in Midnight, page 235
  123. 123.0 123.1 123.2 Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 7
  124. Revealed in Mistystar's Omen, chapter 8
  125. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  126. Revealed in Sunrise, page 95
  127. Revealed in The First Battle, page 235
  128. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 130
  129. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 30
  130. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  131. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 74
  132. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 117
  133. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 160
  134. Information retrieved from esf.edu
  135. Revealed in Dark River, pages 91-92
  136. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  137. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 49
  138. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 129
  139. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, pages 33-34
  140. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 91
  141. Revealed in Moonrise, page 11
  142. Revealed in Moonrise, page 50
  143. Revealed in Moonrise, page 63
  144. Revealed in Darkness Within, page 136
  145. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  146. Information retrieved from answers.encyclopedia.com
  147. Revealed in Moonrise, page 262
  148. Revealed in Eclipse, page 8
  149. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 258
  150. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 54
  151. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  152. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 60
  153. Revealed in Sunrise, page 211
  154. Revealed in an unknown book, chapter 20
  155. Revealed in an unknown book, chapter 4
  156. 156.0 156.1 Revealed in Cats of the Clans, page 46
  157. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  158. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 37
  159. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 131
  160. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 84
  161. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 1
  162. Revealed in Mapleshade's Vengeance, chapter 7
  163. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  164. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 191
  165. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 55
  166. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 2
  167. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 60
  168. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  169. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 70
  170. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 13
  171. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 83
  172. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 4
  173. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  174. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 115
  175. 175.0 175.1 Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 31
  176. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 40
  177. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 16
  178. Revealed in Warrior's Refuge, page 18
  179. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 218
  180. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 88
  181. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 114
  182. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  183. Revealed in Into the Wild, pages 74-75
  184. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 182
  185. Revealed in Dark River, page 93
  186. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  187. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 8
  188. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 68
  189. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 111
  190. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 140
  191. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 145
  192. It should be noted that rats are not often consumed by Clan cats, as they usually contain disease, especially the rats at Carrionplace in the old forest.
  193. Information retrieved from wikipedia.org
  194. Revealed in Rising Storm, page 94
  195. Revealed in Midnight, page 294
  196. Revealed in Dawn, page 120
  197. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 8
  198. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, page 9
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